Batman #61

Writer: Tom King Artist: Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 51
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What happened to the boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne? The young criminal mastermind orchestrates his own parents' deaths to emulate his hero and was carted off to Arkham when Batman exposed his crimes, but that is not the end of the story. Tom King reteams with Nightwing artist Travis Moore to create a sequel to their masterpiece of dark horror from Batman #38.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Dec 19, 2018

    A darkly horrific glimpse into the world of hero worship! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 22, 2018

    Overall Batman #61 is a good read! It gives you more insight into the night Bruce's parents were murdered but it also shows us what could've happened if a young Bruce Wayne would've went another route in his life. Matthew in my opinion represents what Bruce Wayne could've became if he would've murdered his parents own killer instead of growing up to pursue justice. However I'd like to know if Matthew's transfer to Arkham apart of a bigger scheme by Bane perhaps? We know that he runs the Asylum, and he's been acting against Batman for months in secret there. Is this just another part in the overall plan? Looking forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 20, 2018

    We then get the strangest, most harrowing ending of the entire series. I'm not sure what it means, nor how it will tie into everything. I only know that I'm excited and full of curiosity. And I for one, hope this feeling lasts for the rest of King's run. It's been great. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 19, 2018

    Easily one of the darkest, most fascinating Batman stories I've read in awhile. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Dec 26, 2018

    Everything is not as it seems in this tantalizing tale. We get a look into the young Bruce Wayne and the beginning of the mental disorder that would create the Batman. It almost unfolds like an episode of Gotham. Only we see what might have happened if Young Bruce had gone further off the deep end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Gorman. Dec 20, 2018

    Highly recommended. A “mature” comic without the label. Buy it, then tell your friends immediately. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 19, 2018

    Travis Moore's art is amazing. Every character interaction is filled with expressive faces filled with emotion. There's a humanizing quality to those panels and they do a great job of conveying the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 21, 2018

    This comic is a worthy sequel to issue #38. It is creepy, weird, and off-putting. The protagonist is disturbing and perfect for this type of story. Sure, there are some logical stretches to make the story work, but it does not hamper an otherwise psychologically twisted piece. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Dec 19, 2018

    King starts off this new arc with a level of structural narrative complexity that is perfect for the medium and thus far unequaled in the form. There's also a surprising amount of well-executed violence. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Jay Barrett Dec 19, 2018

    Make no mistake, #61 is yet another home-run for Tom Kings body of work however, it simply isnt required reading. Matthews subplot is, again, important for Kings treatise on Batman. Hes a dark reflection that readers need to see to understand Kings argument regarding The Caped Crusader but this story could have easily been condensed into a portion of another issue. This issue is mechanically and thematically very strong but King simply didnt have to use a whole issue to present Matthew. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 19, 2018

    This doesn't happen often, but this is one of the few issues where I think King missed the mark. At least, that's what my present bias is telling me. Depending on how the story develops, this could all come together in a pretty bow. But for now, my rating for the issue reflects what I do [and don't] know. This is a cool continuation of Matthew's story, but I'm not sure it's deserving of an entire issue. Especially not after being left with one of the bigger and head scratch-inducing cliffhangers of this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Dec 19, 2018

    BATMAN #61 can be a bit confusing if you're not already aware of the twist, but it's a good opener to the new story arc. It's an interesting take on what may be the most famous double-homicide in the history of the entertainment industry. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Dec 19, 2018

    Overall I enjoyed this issue and thought it was a good sequel story to Batman #38. Although it was very randomly placed in the timeline, and I think that if you, like me, didn't read the preview of this issue before reading this then you'll probably be confused at first, but after you realize what's going on, it gets and feels a lot better. Definitely a book I feel deserves a second read, even if only to better understand and appreciate what's actually happening. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 19, 2018

    Batman (2016-) #61 doesn't accomplish much of anything or add to the already rich and interesting story that was established nearly thirty issues ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Dec 19, 2018

    BATMAN #61 gives us a taste of what lies ahead, and that's pretty much ALL it gives us: a taste. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Benjamin Novoa Dec 19, 2018

    For the time being Batman #61 is a strong, yet dubious, beginning to the Knightmares arc, with promises that have yet to be fulfilled. My interest is piqued, but the issue will assuredly become forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 22, 2018

    Tom King gives us a neat little refresher course on one of his new villains, and little more than that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Dec 19, 2018

    King decides to double-down on Batman's psychotic behavior in a story that appears to be reaching into the past to demonstrate that Batman hasn't been turned psychotic by his recent setbacks, no, he's always had this latent irrational violence creeping around his dark little boy brain. Seriously, this is so edgy, everyone. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 19, 2018

    After a mostly strong showing in 2018, Batman hits a major stumbling point in issue #61. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 19, 2018

    Tom King returns to the story of Matthew Warner as the twisted boy leaves a bloody trail of bodies behind him in prison. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 19, 2018

    Given the conclusion of this issue with another confusing cliffhanger, my hopes aren't especially high for issue #62. Hopefully King can rebound here after a recent string of very strong issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Dec 26, 2018

    Overall, this issue is in a weird place. Instead of picking up where the previous issue left off,Batman #61seems like filler. It doesn't help that this new character feels like a rehash of other Gotham villains. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Nicole Drum Dec 19, 2018

    King's told this story nearly thirty issues before and, by bringing it back here only serves to stall any forward motion the book should have had -- something that feels awfully dangerous in the first chapter of a new arc. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 19, 2018

    Tom King continues his Hush-lite story of Master Bruce this week.  It's obvious this issue exists, not to expand on what we've already got, but to remind us of the character and get him to where Bane can use him.  Funny, he should have already been there and all I was reminded of is how much he reminds me of Tommy Elliot.  At least we get F. Scott Fitzgerald and some nice art! Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    KFuqua Dec 19, 2018

    Another poor issue from Tom King. Please get him off this book!

  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Dec 19, 2018

    I surprisingly don’t think this issue was that bad. However it’s annoying that King just ignores everything, that happened last issue ( Thomas Wayne breaking in the batcave) and starts a totally new story ( unless Thomas Wayne is or has anything to do with that boy, could be a fake Thomas Wayne after all). However we once again get to see Bruce’s trauma as a child& for new readers the story of the boy, who thinks he is Bruce Wayne is kind of retold here. The dialogue here is way better than what King usually writes. The kid reminds me a little bit of Jason& don’t know, if it’s good, that he was send to Arkham, what of course supports my theory that he has something to do with Thomas Wayne and Bane. I however already can’t stand more

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  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Dec 19, 2018


    -The art was good. Travis Moore isn't the best artist on this series, however. That would have to go to Mitch for me personally, although Lee Weeks makes a strong case for himself.

    -Matthew, or Bruce, or whatever his name is, makes a good villain. We've seen similar villains before, but he's still creepy as hell at least.

    -This issue had some good effects. Especially some of the opening scenes, which were very dramatic.

    -I liked the writing in this one.

    -I'll admit, I liked both the buildup and the actual twist itself. I didn't really see it coming, and it really improved the issue, the problem was, there didn't need to be 16 pages until the reveal, that's a bit much. >
    -The end looks like it will lead to interesting things. I'm still holding out hope for, "Knightmares." Though it looks less to be an actual story-arc and more like a label for a bunch of miscellaneous story arcs that are slightly related, much like the "Cold Days" arc or the pre-Wedding issues.

    THE BAD:

    -This whole issue felt kinda… pointless. It feels like it would be a great Free Comic Book Day comic, or even a great story in another Batman: Secret Files, but as a main, $3.99 issue, it didn't really hold up, it didn't justify its page count. I'm going to have to take off one point for this.

    -Though there was reason for this, the whole issue felt repetitive of issue #38, again which would have been fine if it wasn't a whole issue. more

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  • 4.0
    Nihilist Dec 19, 2018

    The last two issues were nothing more than expository filler, which could have been easily squeezed into one comic, and as much as I disliked them for being slow, boring and meaningless reads, I'd take them both over this one. Why, you may ask? It's simple - because at least they had any story. Any story leading anywhere, connecting to other events form the series. Ones that the reader may actually care about. The Bruce Wayne wannabe with "Thomas" and "Martha" carved in his cheeks is most certainly not one of them.

    Think about it - if #38, where wannabe Bruce appeared for the first time, was a filler issue, this is a filler sequel to this filler. Over and over, Tom King breaks the main story and incompetently tries to make us loo more

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  • 9.0
    Comic Princess Dec 20, 2018

    At first I thought it was the real Bruce having a bad dream, especially after see the title of storyline. I liked the twist at the end. I hope this works back to being about Batman and not just this villain.

  • 6.5
    Linkush Dec 19, 2018

    Well... nothing really happened this issue.

    This issue is a sequel to issue 38 (an issue I really liked) so we get to see the kid who wants to be batman again. The problem is that this issue, unlike issue 38, relies too much on next issues to come and doesn't stand on it's own. The reveal at the end is pretty good and the art was great (matthews face in page 20 is a good example). The only thing that connects to the main story is that bane might use matthew for his big plan, but that's not really exciting to be honest.

  • 5.0
    egon244 Dec 19, 2018

    "I miss you so"

    Surprisingly fast read with the feeling of enormous confusion accompanying reader through almost entirety of it.

    Let's start with the positives first. The art. It's so pretty. Travis Moore's art and Tamra Bonvillain's colors look great together. I could look at those pages all day.
    This issue also follows up on the events of issue #38, about that boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne very much.

    Because of that, I was curious if 38 was as good as I remembered. I'm kinda worried that now when I'm a bit fed up with King's Batman, issues I liked before won't be as good now. So after this one, I went back to #38 and it was so much better than this one. Both in terms of the dialogue and how the s more

  • 4.5
    waltgator93 Dec 19, 2018

    While the art I did enjoy, the issue has a crappy twist that doesn't really connect with the beginning part. SO many questions. If hes done this 6 other times, how is he still getting this close to the criminals, why did they not check his body more for weapons after the metal beeped, wouldn't Bruce get a notice of some sort that this is happening especially if hes using Bruce's name?

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  • 2.0
    myconius Dec 19, 2018

    i'm sorry, but i found the concept of Tom King's Batman #38 to be just awful.
    i have no idea what the purpose of going back to this story is at this point,
    other than just fill up issues to meet his hundred issue quota.

    i was also confused at the narrative. i thought this kid was already outed as having his parents murdered? i thought we already found out that the Butler did it?
    why have this story of Batman tracking down the bald guy?

    that guy had awful impulse reflexes to let that kid slash his wrist and then his neck, and through prison bars no less. instead of trying to pull away, he conveniently falls down right next to the bars so the kid can keep cutting him.

    i'm also very confused at t more

  • 2.0
    Quinn Dec 19, 2018

    A big pile of who cares. King has brought back his rip-off of Tommy King - little evil "Bruce Wayne."

    The whole story is basically Little Bruce's dream of the real death of the Waynes and how Batman solves the crime.

    Like I said who cares. It seems that today's writers have their pet characters that they love, but no one else does. These characters take up time and space in stories that don't work because the characters suck.

    Little Evil Bruce is one such character. The sooner he's dropped in a wood chipper, the sooner King can get on with his life and we can stop reading these awful stories.

    Or I could be wrong.

    (I'm not. Little Evil Bruce is just another variation of the doppleganger more

  • 8.0
    Batman Jones Dec 20, 2018

    @ohhaimark's review was close enough to my own I'm just rating this one. My further thoughts are in the comments section of @ohhaimark's review.

  • 8.0
    AshWatson Dec 20, 2018

    I've suffered this year. And I found this issue particularly poignant. King writes intelligently and astutely, but maybe a superhero comic isn't the best place for it. Some people just want to see the Joker get punched in the face.

  • 4.0
    Alf1014 Dec 20, 2018

    Could of told me to reread issue 38 instead of wasting my money on a rehash issue.

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  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Dec 20, 2018

    This issue was pretty pointless. "Master Bruce" is going to Arkham, and that's probably going to factor into Bane's Super Mega Mega Plan, but we didn't need a whole issue for that. And if we had to have one, it could've way more interesting than this. This is filler. I don't know why Tom King is so hellbent on having a 104 issue run. The run should only be as long as the story allows, but Batman sells no matter what so filler won't be looked down on. This makes me think the cliffhanger from issue 60 won't be resolved for a while. Maybe after Knightmares is done, so with issue 70 or so. This "arc" is supposed to be a series of one-shots chipping away at Batman’s soul, with a Flash crossover in the middle as a break, according to Tom King. more

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  • 9.0
    Synthozoid Dec 20, 2018

    I enjoyed this. Clever turn at the end.

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    Br'er Lapin Jan 7, 2019

    I was so confused up until the end, wow that callback. At first I thought it was going to be one of the many alternate universe Batman, maybe even the one we saw at the end of #60, but it seems we have taken a detour.

  • 8.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Dec 21, 2018

    Surprisingly enjoyable and clever!

  • 7.0
    bucswin611 Dec 19, 2018

    This was honestly a very odd issue. The boy is certainly memorable but I often felt disoriented when the setting shifted...yet it felt like a stretched out plot? I don't know what to make of it. Reserving judgment until the arc is complete...

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  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Mar 16, 2019

    Not particularly bad, but quite confusing, and, frankly, felt pointless. Great art though.

  • 6.5
    AsgersWeb Jan 23, 2019

    Umm... what? What the hell Tom? That cliffhanger was so exciting and now we have this. Come on. I know its all connected but... Come on now!

  • 5.5
    bcgocubs Dec 20, 2018

    I really enjoy this new character a lot. I think he has an excellent backstory and unique attributes that would make him a villain that really stands out. I give King credit for creating this excellent twist on the Batman mythos.

    But it's hard to enjoy take seriously when you have a whole issue that basically rehashes what has already been told. Essentially, all this issue does is give us the same backstory this time except... it's fake?? I'm not sure but I'm confused if the whole story was just made up in the kid's head or this was somehow another tale of how he convinced people his parents were murdered again. Regardless, this would probably read better in trade format, but as a single issue there is a lot left to be desir more

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